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The owner of the tiny town of Pulga says PG&E sent her a letter that they needed to access her property because power lines were causing sparks. The Press Democrat reports the Camp Fire started near Betsy Ann Cowley’s property. Now fire investigators have declared the area around the power lines on her property a crime scene. And apparently security guards are not allowing PG&E inspectors in. Cowley says she was on vacation when the email came and she told the Associated Press about her experience. Firefighter radio transmissions and an alert sent to state regulators may be a clue too. The Bay Area News Group reports firefighters found downed power lines and the fire moving quickly under high-tension wires northeast of Pulga by Poe Dam. The California Public Utilities Commission is also investigating.

The Governor says the White House approved California’s latest request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration. It was submitted this weekend for fast emergency response to the fires in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The Governor says it’s a time of sadness, but the state’s resolving to pull together to do everything possible to help those in need.

And speaking of that the SBA is at the ready to provide low cost loans to California businesses and residents affected by the disasters in Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles counties from the fires that all broke out November 8th. Disaster loans of up to $200,000 are available for homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. And renters can also take out loans. Businesses can get up to $2M dollars. Interest rates are as low as 3 and 3/4 percent for businesses to 2 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years.

A teenager has been identified as the driver of a car that crashed in Hopland, killing him. 17-year-old Brian Mendoza of Boonville died last Friday afternoon after crashing into a couple of oak trees. The CHP says he was just north of Hopland then his 2016 Honda Accord came off the road and crashed into the trees. Officers say the impact of the crash nearly split the sedan in half and that it tore the roof off the driver’s side. They’re investigating how fast he was going and if it’s possible either alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor. He was driving on Old River Road, a two-lane rural road that runs along side Highway 101 from south of Hopland north to Ukiah.

The emergency homeless shelter in Ukiah’s opening. There are 35 beds there, but they’re all already taken. More beds are on the way to the shelter, so they can add about 9 more, for a total of 44. Evenings are getting cold though, it got down to 23 degrees Sunday morning, setting a record from 1978 when it was 25 on the same day. Those who need shelter can head over to Plowshares after 11 am, for only one hour though. Anyone registering will be in their system moving forward. Staff will help them with a housing plan.

The Camp Fire in Butte County has now hit a devastating mark, the deadliest in Calif. history. Another 13 more bodies were found to bring the total dead to 42. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has notified families and named three of the recently discovered dead. They were from Paradise, Concow and Magalia. The Sheriff is asking for more help for search and recovery, bringing in cadaver dogs, portable morgue units and more radio equipment. The fire has burned 4,000 more acres to reach 117,000 acres as of last night. It’s burned nearly 7,200 buildings and it’s 30% contained. There are 52,000 people still under mandatory evacuation orders and 200 people are still missing. The forecast for air quality is very unhealthy. The Butte County Board of Supervisors had a meeting set this morning to ratify a local disaster proclamation and a health emergency declaration.

The owner of the Town of Pulga says PG&E sent her an email the day before the Camp Fire started, saying they needed to fix something on one of their towers. Betsy Ann Cowley telling local media about the email, but there’s no word what the problem was. Firefighter radio transmissions and an alert sent to state regulators may be a clue. The Bay Area News Group reports firefighters found downed power lines and the fire moving quickly under high-tension wires northeast of Pulga by Poe Dam. Investigations are underway already by PG&E and Southern California Edison because of the Camp and Woolsey Fires. And the California Public Utilities Commission is also investigating. PG&E did send a letter to the Commission Friday that they detected an outage on a transmission line in Butte County, that was about 15 minutes before the Camp Fire started. And a day before SoCal Edison sent an alert to the Commission too that a substation circuit near the origin of the Woolsey Fire found a disturbance.

Lake County’s got a team going for a chance to be national champions in Cheerleading. The Lower Lake High competitive cheer squad is headed to nationals after getting fourth place in the JAMZ Battle at the Capitol in Sacramento this past weekend. The team had a high enough score to get them to the nationals in February in Bakersfield, then onto the JAMZ national championship Feb. 22-23 in Las Vegas.

A new principal has been chosen in the Lakeport Unified School District after the last one was demoted. Rachel Paarsch was demoted for unknown personnel reasons and Scott Johnson will fill the spot. He was last the principal of a middle school in Rohnert Park. He was first a teacher, then the assistant principal. His resume apparently includes working diligently on truancy and chronic absenteeism, something the schools in Lake County have an issue with. Some in the audience were hoping the board would wait for three new board members who were just elected.

Long term housing already a problem in Butte County, now is made much worse with the Camp Fire. Almost 6,500 homes have been destroyed in the massive fire. The executive director of Butte County’s Housing Authority says they were already facing a critical need with low vacancy rates. 15 percent of housing is gone from the Camp Fire. It may take years to rebuild, in Chico alone, they’re putting up about 600 units a year, at that rate, it would be more than 10 years for enough new housing for those displaced by the fire. Some folks don’t have a business or job to go back to, as many commercial buildings have also burned.

Fresh-caught Dungeness crab could be on the menu for Thanksgiving. The commercial fleet is preparing for the fall season, which starts this Thursday. State regulators have opened up the main fishery on time this year, but only out north to Bodega Head. That’s because there’s another round of tests that have not come back from the mouth of the Russian River yet after one was found with elevated levels of domoic acid. A week later a six crab test came back within limits, so another round of tests was needed. The fishery normally opens by November 15th.

A major national disaster declaration has been approved by the President due to the fires in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The Gov sent a request for the presidential major disaster declaration Sunday. Governor Brown says fires are threatening life. The declaration means impacted counties can have access to crisis counseling, housing and unemployment help and legal services. There’s also help for the state itself, tribal and local governments for ongoing emergency response and recovery including repairing or replacing disaster-damaged facilities and infrastructure, like roads, bridges and utilities.

Police in Lakeport continue investigating how a fire started in an apartment building this past weekend. Part of the Bel Aire Apartments on N. Main St. were on fire so the entire complex is closed. Investigators on site all day yesterday, but they’ve not said if they found a point of ignition. The complex had a lot of damage so it’s unsafe for anyone to live there. Some folks have contacted the Red Cross, and anyone who needs help can call City Hall. Those trying to get into the building could face arrest. The city says it’s in touch with the Red Cross and will advise anyone there of any new changes.

Cal Fire’s reporting fires due to gusty winds and low humidity. Wind speeds were less by midday today, but afternoon humidity is low and another round of strong Santa Ana winds in the south will go through till Wednesday morning. In Southern Calif. there’s another strong fire. And strong winds shifted toward San Diego County. They expect low relative humidity for most of Southern California the next three days and shifting winds with slightly cooler weather by the end of the week. The agency also expecting northeast winds of 20- 25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph in Sierra Foothill valleys thru today. They warn if there’s a fire near you, don’t wait to evacuate, be prepared to leave early.

A new report says both nature and humans are to blame for devastating wildfires in Calif, but fire scientists say it’s not due to forest management after President Trump tweeted about it. The winds are whipped up by nature and human-caused climate change is killing plants and trees. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research reports natural factors and human-caused global warming effects fatally collude. And a University of Utah fire scientist agreed separately saying there are several reasons for fires being so severe nowadays, but adds, “forest management wasn’t one of them”. This comes after the president tweeted there’s no reason for the massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. He also said billions are given each year to the state.

The Camp Fire has tied with a fire in Griffith Park in the 1930’s to be the deadliest fire in Calif. History. 29 people have been killed. There are still several people evacuated and roads are closed. Firefighters were working aggressively against flames as the town of Paradise is nearly gone altogether. Everyone in that town, Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon and Butte Valley were all evacuated. There’s a community meeting happening now at the State Theater in Oroville for those impacted. New evacuation centers are opening as many are full. The Camp Fire started last Thursday morning in the Feather River Canyon off Highway 70 and engulfed Paradise taking out more than 6,450 homes and 260 commercial buildings. The fire has burned 113,000 acres and is 25% contained.

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7 men in Clearlake have been arrested after a search warrant is served and police find several hundred of pounds of marijuana and weapons. Edi Avila-Castaneda of Clearlake, Alejandro Cortez-Cornejo of Clearlake, Edgar Garcia-Ramirez of Clearlake, Gilberto Ramirez-Pineda of Clearlake and Roberto Villasenor of Atwater all detained, then a seventh man tried getting away out a window, Jesus Aleman-Sosa, but he was caught. Police say they also found an assault rifle, body armor, hi-capacity pistol and rifle ammo, military clothing, equipment, and firearm components,. They found marijuana greenhouses, four pounds of meth and more marijuana. The seven all booked into jail on multiple charges including possession of controlled substance for sale, possession of narcotics for sale, committing a felony while armed and possession of marijuana for sale.

A young man in Gualala arrested for attempted murder and assault against his father. Police say they got a call to a report of a gunshot victim, finding Eugene Henderson. The person who called in the shooting reported 18 year old Acea Henderson shot his dad after an argument which got heated. Deputies say the younger Henderson also broke out a window to his dad’s car, got a gun and shot his dad in the upper chest. Another family member took dad to the hospital and hid the rifle. Dad’s reported in stable condition. Then deputies were called back to the home for another assault, but the father was not prosecuting. Acea was found and arrested anyway and charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon and held on a bail of $250,000.

Trash being picked up along Orr Creek turns up signs of a homeless encampment. The trash pickup below Low Gap Road where there was a cooking pit found, piles of clothes, food containers, toys, batteries and other trash. Pac Out Green Team organized the cleanup. The encampment found by mistake. 2nd District Supervisor John McCowen also apparently cleans the area with and without organized cleanups.

The Mendocino County Child Support Services Department is getting a makeover. The Daily Journal reports some of the proposed changes would include getting an assistant Child Support Services director; adding and deleting other positions and getting approval to lay off a full-time chief child support attorney, and sharing some services with Sonoma County. The shared services agreement would include legal services. The county’s reportedly looked at Mendocino’s caseload and was confident they could cover it too. There would also be no financial cost to Mendocino as the state picks up the tab.

An official Wreaths Across America wreath-laying ceremony at Ukiah Cemetery. Not happening today on Veterans Day, but instead, December 15th. It’s one of the 1,400 other locations across the country for National Wreaths Across America Day. The local event in coordination with local 4-H clubs and volunteers for the Wreaths Across America mission of “Remember, Honor, Teach”. Some teenagers from 4-H representing the Ukiah Shamrocks and the Redwood Valley/Calpella 4-H Clubs are planning the event at the cemetery which starts at 9 AM.

The newest and most destructive fire in California history still burning. The Camp Fire has killed 29 people. Massive fires burning in Northern and Southern Calif. for a total of 31 dead. The Butte County Sheriff reports nearly 230 people are missing too. There are ten search and recovery teams in Paradise, which was practically decimated Thursday. They’ve brought in a mobile DNA lab and anthropologists so they can try to identify victims. A missing persons call center was quickly set up and the Governor’s requesting help from the federal government. Winds were expected to die down today, but there’s no rain in the immediate forecast. Those with missing family members were being urged to register their names. More than 6,700 buildings were destroyed by the Camp Fire, almost all of those are homes. The fire is 25 percent contained.

The CHP continues their distracted adult driver campaign. A yearlong grant is paying for the program utilizing education and enforcement. The program with the help of the California Office of Traffic Safety. The program will have the CHP on at least 60 distracted driving enforcement operations and they’ll hold almost 500 traffic safety presentations across the state by the end of September 2019.

An apartment building in Lakeport has a lot of damage after a fire. The Bel Aire Apartments went up in flames last night. A local caught video of the fire and shows firefighters on the scene and cops knocking on doors to evacuate people. The fire was out, but then reignited inside the roof. The police department had shut down several roads surrounding the building on N. Main Street.

A wildfire in Butte County is spreading fast as conditions are ideal for fire, including low humidity and strong winds fueling the blaze that has charred 70,000 acres so far and destroyed over 2,000 structures. Just as over 20,000 people were forced out of their homes, local students have been forced out of class due to poor air quality. Lake County and Ukiah Unified school district schools closed today, while Ukiah Unified also reminded parents that Monday is Veteran’s day, so schools will be closed on Monday as well. Meanwhile a request for A Presidential Emergency Declaration was requested by Governor Elect Gavin Newsom in order to secure FEMA assistance for communities affected by wildfires. A Fire Management Assistant Grant has been approved.

Economic conditions in Mendocino County are good. That ‘s the conclusion reached by the Economic Development and Finance Corporation, which studied industries important to the county. There were some worries about agriculture, which lost 70 jobs over the last year, and Ukiah wine grape producers were having problems with smoke taint affecting sales as hundreds of tons of grapes were lost due to fires. Job growth was seen in the construction, healthcare and education sectors.

The process of counting votes continues. There are over 17,00 vote by mail and provisional ballots left to count in Mendocino County. For Lake County, there are just over 11,000 to count including vote by mail, provisional ballots cast at the polls on election day and conditional voter registration ballots cast at the elections office. California State Law allows for 30 days to count all the votes.

Members of the public interested in supporting local behavioral health services are invited to the Mendocino County Behavioral health Advisory Board monthly meeting on the 14th from 10am to 2pm in the Mendocino County Museum at 400 E Commercial Street in Willits. Those attending will have a chance to ask questions and provide feedback.

The Army Corps of Engineers announced this week that more water will be stored in Lake Mendocino over the winter to help improve water supply reliability and environmental conditions in the Russian River. This according to a press release put out the by the Corps that says about 3.8 billion gallons of extra water, or enough to supply over 90,000 people for a year could be stored through the end of February.

Authorities responding to a call about a possible marijuana grow operation in a Ukiah neighborhood found equipment used to make Butane Honey Oil while searching the home. The labs are highly combustible and have been known to explode homes. Ukiah Police also found evidence that the marijuana was being sold, along with $5,000 cash and assault weapons. 26 year old Trevor Cooper was booked into Mendocino County Jail on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, possessing marijuana for sale and probation violations.

After being in Mendocino County for years, The National Alliance on Mental Illness opened their first office, with a mission to educate, provide support and advocate for residents of Mendocino County suffering from mental health issues. The services will be free, and include meeting spaces, support groups. The site will also be staffed. There is a library with books and DVD to help educate the community. In the future, the organization hopes to launch a helpline for residents.

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Due to dangerous fire conditions with high winds in both Northern and Southern California, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services is prepositioning fire resources including fire engines, firefighters and emergency dispatchers in several counties. Orange, LA, Ventura, Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda, San Bernardino and Lake Counties will have proactive measures in place which will be reevaluated every twelve hours then extended as necessary depending on weather conditions. This as the National Weather Service forecasts unusually low relative humidity and winds of up to 60 miles an hour or higher in isolated areas. There’s Red Flag weather conditions in parts of Southern California, the East Bay Hills and North Bay Mountains with the strongest winds expected tonight into tomorrow and critical fire conditions through tomorrow, weakening late Friday into Saturday.

Reps from CAL FIRE, Kelseyville Fire Protection District, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, County Administration and folks from the insurance industry to be at a public forum on Fire Mitigation. The focus on the four communities of Buckingham, Clear Lake Riviera, Riviera Heights and Riviera West. The meeting next Wednesday night at 6 at Riviera Elementary School in Kelseyville. Discussion around a proposal for a County Service Area Zone of Benefit as part of the Calif. Government Code to remove brush and fuel sources. Lake County Supervisor Rob Brown of District 5 is hosting the town hall.

For more info (707) 349-2628.

The Mendocino County Air Quality Management District is warning smoke in the air is coming from Butte County. They say it’s from the so-called Camp Fire with air monitors showing particulate matter “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups’’ and is getting to the “Unhealthy” range for inland Mendocino County. There are other areas forecast to have some “Moderate” conditions depending on the wind. It could be hovering in the area today and tomorrow until the fire is out, with some relief predicted as soon as Saturday. The Air Quality District says impacts are most noticeable at night to early morning hours.

Preliminary election returns in Lake County have four out of five local ballot measures passing. Lake Co News reports the Lake County Registrar of Voters Office has not finished the official canvass which they have thirty days to complete, and reports there are still thousands of ballots to be counted. Measure H, the $28 million bond for infrastructure work in Middletown Unified Schools passed; Measure I, for the Upper Lake School District, their $10 million bond measure for Renovation and Modernization; Measure J in Upper Lake as well for Elementary and Middle School Renovation and Modernization; Measure K, the Cannabis Business Tax Ordinance to tax commercial marijuana businesses; and Measure L, a special tax for South Lake County Fire Protection District residents to fund fire and emergency medical services, not strong enough to pass so far.

New positions for two members of Congress from the North Coast since the House was overtaken by the Democratic Party. Congressman Jared Huffman on election night saying, quote “there’s going to be a new sheriff in town”. As we reported yesterday, Huffman will chair the new subcommittee overseeing oceans and other natural resources. Congressman Mike Thompson will be a senior leader in oversight and investigation, he says, the “swamp needs to be drained”. One of the new Chair’s Congressman Richard Neal who will oversee the House Ways and Means Committee has made a new case to go after the President’s tax returns. That also doesn’t mean the returns would be released to the public.

The Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom will take the reins of the state as the current Governor works thru his last projects. Brown is out of office January 7th and is said to mainly be trying to work thru the Sacramento-San Joaquin river delta east of San Francisco. The two men asking the state water board to delay a vote on a plan to bring more water into the Lower San Joaquin River and its tributaries to protect habitat for delta fish, but that could mean less water for farmers. The decision’s been delayed by the Water Resources Control Board until Dec. 11th.

There will be a new Superior Court Judge and it’s not the current Lake County D-A. Lake Co News speaking to the winner Shanda Harry who had a run off with Don Anderson. Her campaign manager spoke to the news site saying the run off was a lot of work and Harry saying she knew if she knocked doors, speaking directly to voters, she’d have a chance. The news site reports with all precincts reporting in Harry had a commanding lead with almost 60% of the vote.

The former Clearlake Planning Commissioner looks in good shape to take a city on the city Council. Dirk Slooten had a five percent lead over incumbent and appointed city council member Russ Cremer and a 15 percent lead over former Clearlake Mayor Russell Perdock. Slooten and Cremer have worked together the last four years on the Lake Area Rotary Club.

A new illegal dumping prevention program coming to Lake County. The Board of Supervisors looking to put an ordinance in place for fines and penalties for those caught illegally dumping trash. The board will take a final swing at the ordinance Nov. 20th after District 3 Supervisor Jim Steele reported getting several complaints about illegal dumping in his district. He says he investigated after he found 40 percent of his constituents have garbage disposal and 60 percent don’t. The garbage piling up would be considered a public nuisance under the ordinance. Anyone who wants to dump would have to get permission from the County health officer and Air Quality Management District.

Two homes in Redwood Valley have burned to the ground. Cal Fire got a call yesterday along with the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies closed one road down. Nobody was in the homes at the time of the fires. PG&E also had crews out to shut down power and gas. The fires were out in about two hours and firefighters were still on the scene last night mopping up hot spots. The fire was stopped before it could spread to a nearby vineyard. No word on what started the fire.

The Sheriff’s dept. reports to a home in Redwood Valley after a woman there reports she and her husband were in an altercation and he had a weapon. Police say when they got there, they heard a child screaming and knocked on the door, nobody answered, so they forced entry. Deputies say Conor Bird seemed very drunk and a woman with him, identified as Janelle Bird was also drunk and couldn’t care for their two children. Deputies say the man shot into the ceiling of the home, no injuries were reported, but they did find a loaded shotgun. Conor Bird was arrested on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm and child endangerment and booked into the Mendocino County Jail, with $25,000 bail. Janelle Bird was also arrested, on suspicion of child endangerment and also booked into jail on $25,000. The children taken by Child Protective Services.

The Clearlake Chamber of Commerce has announced the Christmas Parade for 2018 will be December 1st. The City of Clearlake and the Chamber are hosting. It will take place on Lakeshore Drive and will end with the Annual Tree Lighting ceremony at Austin Park. The parade starts at 6 PM and goes from Redbud Park down Lakeshore. You can register for the parade online, on Facebook, or contact the Chamber for details. The city manager says there will be more lights this year at City Hall and the Visitor’s Center.

ARIANA GRANDE – BREATHIN
BENNY BLANCO, HALSEY & KHALID – EASTSIDE
ARIANA GRANDE – GOD IS A WOMAN
MARSHMELLO & BASTILLE – HAPPIER
NF – LIE
JUICE WRLD – LUCID DREAMS
BAZZI – BEAUTIFUL
LOVELY THE BAND – BROKEN
CAMILA CABELLO – CONSEQUENCES
BRYCE VINE – DREW BERRYMORE
SILK CITY & DUA LIPA – ELECTRICITY
PANIC! AT THE DISCO – HIGH HOPES
BEBE REXHA – I’M A MESS
SHAWN MENDES & ZEDD – LOST IN JAPAN
IMAGINE DRAGONS – NATURAL
CALVIN HARRIS & SAM SMITH – PROMISES
POST MALONE – SUNFLOWER
HALSEY – WITHOUT ME
DEAN LEWIS – BE ALRIGHT
KHALID – BETTER
ELLIE GOULDING & DIPLO – CLOSE TO ME
DRAKE – DON’T MATTER TO ME
LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER – SHALLOW
TRAVIS SCOTT – SICKO MODE
CHAINSMOKERS – THIS FEELING
LSD (LABRINTH, SIA & DIPLO) – THUNDERCLOUDS
ALESSIA CARA – TRUST ME LONELY
WHY DON’T WE – 8 LETTERS
LOUD LUXURY – BODY
LUKAS GRAHAM – LOVE SOMEONE
TWENTY ONE PILOTS – MY BLOOD
DJ SNAKE – TAKI TAKI
DAN + SHAY – TEQUILA
STEVE AOKI – WASTE IT ON ME

A CHP officer finds then rescues a motorcyclist who was missing and injured. Christopher Parlamento found by officer Shawn Bertram of the Clear Lake Area office. Another man, Jeremey Piner called the CHP to report he and his buddy were riding motorcycles in Lake and Napa counties and while they were on Butts Canyon Road, they were separated Monday afternoon. Piner tried to find his friend with no luck and bad cell service. Piner went to Napa County and called for help. Officer Bertram went looking on Butts Canyon Road, near the Napa County line, and reportedly heard someone calling for help. The motorcyclist had come off the road, hitting a tree stump and had major injuries. He was taken by a REACH air ambulance to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

Power may have to be shut off again by PG&E because of possible fire conditions. The company looking at a potential shut off tomorrow because of extreme fire danger conditions with a red flag warning from the National Weather Service. It would affect Butte, Lake, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Sonoma and Yuba Counties. The windy weather is expected late today into tomorrow. The same thing happened last month due to fire danger. The utility company reportedly working with first responders and state and local agencies and was sending messages to customers about the temporary shut off.

Customers can visit www.pge.com/wildfiresafety to determine whether their home or business is served by an electric line that may be turned off for safety.

Three newcomers chosen over longtime incumbents in the Lakeport Unified School District. Carly Alvord, Jennifer Hanson and Dan Buffalo all decided to run together and early returns show success for the trio. Over in the Konocti Unified School District, they went with Joan Mingori, Bill Diener and Pamela Bening-Hale. In two other school districts, Middletown and Upper Lake, three seats in Middletown for Larry Allen, Latrease Walker and Thad Owens, in Upper Lake — Ron Raetz, Ana Santana, Diane Tomkins Plante, Frank Gudmundson, Claudine Pedroncelli and Don Meri.

Clearlake has a couple of new City Council members. In early returns Dirk Slooten and Russell Cremer beat Russell Perdock for the two open seats. Perdock had been on the council about three of a four year term then resigned in February to go after the Clearlake Police chief position.

Tarney Sheldon looks to be taking over a seat on the Mendocino County Office of Education’s board representing Ukiah. But that could change…

Congressman Jared Huffman had almost 68% of the vote for a comfortable lead in his race against Dale Mensing. Because Jared Huffman retained his seat in the U-S House and the Democrats took leadership, it means Huffman will become chair of the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans of the House Natural Resources Committee.

A man driving a BMW SUV has died in a solo crash into a tree. The CHP reports the man north on the 101 south of Laytonville Monday afternoon and for some reason, he went off the road, down an embankment and hit a tree. The SUV burst into flames after it hit the tree. Some folks passing by stopped to try to help the driver out, with no luck due to the fire. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two incumbents running to stay on the Ukiah City Council look safe. But there’s three open seats and Maureen Mulheren was leading followed by the other incumbent, Jim Brown. Mulheren is the vice-mayor so she would be the mayor this time around as Brown was last year. And in early counts it looked like Juan Orozco was leading for the third seat.

It’s close but still looks like a healthy lead in the 3rd District Supervisors race in Mendocino County for John Haschak. Hashak with 55% of the vote against John Pinches who picked up 44.5 percent. The two came out on top in the primary in June for a runoff yesterday. Pinches was the 3rd District supervisor in the past… three times. In the 5th District supervisor’s race Ted Williams was way out ahead but he didn’t have a challenger since Chris Skyhawk withdrew in September due to having a stroke, his name stayed on the ballot though.

The Lake County Cannabis Business Tax, Measure K, looks like it passes to raise taxes on cannabis related businesses other than farms.

The South Lake County Fire Tax, Measure L had favorable support to place a property tax on property owners for emergency response.

Lake County D-A Don Anderson comes up short for the Judge of the Superior Court – Department 4, Shanda Harry took a commanding lead with nearly 59% of the vote to Anderson’s 41 percent

Congressman John Garamendi had a healthy lead to keep his seat in the 3rd District of Calif, winning over Charlie Schaupp, same for Mike Thompson who won in a landslide against Anthony Mills in the 5th District of the state.

Mike McGuire handily stays on as a State Senator, fending off Veronica Jacobi in the 2nd District of the Senate. Cecilia Aguiar-Curry comes out way ahead of her challenger Brandon Nelson with a smidge under 70%. Jim Wood easily kept his Assembly seat too.

A couple of school bonds passed, in Middletown, Measure H, in Upper Lake, Measure I and in the Upper Lake School District for school facilities, Measure J easily won.

Here are ballot measures and how they fared: Proposition 1 to put more money into affordable housing easily got the yes vote last night as did Proposition 2, to spend more on Mental Health housing for the homeless. Proposition 3 lost so more money will not go into water projects. Proposition 4 easily came ahead for infrastructure at hospitals. Proposition 5 is a no for Seniors Property Tax reductions, Proposition 6 a repeal of the fuel tax failed, Proposition 7 a change to Daylight Saving Time got a yes, Proposition 8 to regulate kidney dialysis treatments failed, Proposition 10 to regulate rent control was a no and Prop 11 for emergency ambulance workers to be on call was a yes. So was prop 12 for new standards for farm animals.

A veteran who killed three mental health care workers at the veterans home in Yountville this spring apparently threatened the women he killed several times before he actually did it. The Press Democrat reports Albert Wong had said he was frustrated and angry in the past with the Pathway Home and specifically threatened to come to the clinic and shoot the women to death. This in a report by the Napa County District Attorney’s Office released this week. Wong was kicked out of the clinic 2½ weeks before the March 9th massacre. Executive Director Christine Loeber, and therapist, Dr. Jennifer Golick and Dr. Jennifer Gonzales Shushereba, a psychologist were all killed. The report doesn’t say when he threatened the women or if they’d reported it.

Water projects in Calif. could be put on hold since voters said they didn’t want to borrow some $9 billion for water projects. Proposition 3 looked to be going down with 53 percent of voters opposed. The money would have been used to fix dams, store more water, work on watersheds, fisheries and habitat protection and restoration. The Press Democrat reports a bunch of the money was going to conservancies and state parks and nonprofits and local agencies for river parkways and for safe drinking water standards. But the Sierra Club and League of Women Voters of California were against it. Only $200 million was going to help fix the Oroville Dam which has added up to more than a billion in repairs after its spillways were damaged last year.

All eggs in California will have to come from cage-free hens by 2022. Proposition 12 was ahead last night for more humane farming. So in about 3 years there will be minimum requirements for the sizes of pens farmers use for breeding pigs and calves raised for veal. There will be no more sales of any product from hens, calves and pigs raised in other states that don’t meet California’s standards. This comes after the 2008 ballot measure banning keeping hens, calves and pigs in cramped cages, not allowing them to stand up, lie down or turn around.